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John Banks

Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Contact information

(831) 582-3576

Building & room

Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library

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I am the Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at CSUMB, where I have the privilege of working with a dynamic group of staff, students, and faculty mentors engaged in authentic, discovery-based research and creative scholarship. For students, the benefits of engagement in high-impact practices such as undergraduate research are well documented -- apart from disciplinary expertise, they include increased self-efficacy, agency, confidence, and persistence. We help our UROC students conduct research & creative scholarship in local, national, and international settings, and to disseminate their results via conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Through UROC, CSUMB students compete at the highest levels, garnering prestigious fellowships (e.g., NSF GRFP Fellowships, Goldwater Scholars, etc.) and often continue on to top-notch graduate programs. I also serve as the Project Director the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Acheivement (McNair) Program on campus, as well as the campus co-coodinator, subaward PI, and member of the Program Oversight Committee for the California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) program. Website